Census & payment deadlines

Higher Education (HE) students who do not pay by the relevant due date may be charged a late penalty of $155. Please make sure you understand the potential outcome of non-payment of your fees.

Tuition payment due dates

Higher Education (HE) payment due

  • Semester 3: 17 November 2017 (Summer school 2017/2018)
  • Semester 1: 2 March 2018
  • Semester 4: 8 June 2018 (Winter school 2018)
  • Semester 2: 27 July 2018
  • Semester 3: 16 November 2018 (Summer school 2018/2019).

First Year Model (HE) domestic students payment due 

  • Semester 1- Block 1: 2 March 2018
  • Semester 1- Block 2: 30 March 2018
  • Semester 1- Block 3: 4 May 2018
  • Semester 1- Block 4: 1 June 2018
  • Winter Block: 29 June 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 1: 27 July 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 2: 24 August 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 3: 21 September 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 4: 26 October 2018
  • Summer Block: 18 January 2019.

First Year Model (HE) international students payment due

  • Semester 1 (Block 1-4): 2 March 2018
  • Semester 4: 29 June 2018 (Winter Block)
  • Semester 2 (Block 1-4): 27 July 2018
  • Semester 3: 18 January 2019 (Summer Block).

Melbourne Trimester payment due

Melbourne Trimesters are offered in 2018 to postgraduate students from the College of Business. Other Melbourne university students study within the standard Higher Education or First Year Model semesters (above).

  • Trimester 1: 9 March 2018
  • Trimester 2: 20 July 2018
  • Trimester 3: 9 November 2018.

VE/TAFE (Diploma, Advanced Diploma & Graduate Certificate students) payment due dates

  • Teaching period 5 VE: 06 January 2018
  • Teaching period 1 VE: 09 February 2018
  • Teaching period 3 VE: 06 April 2018
  • Teaching period 2 VE: 06 July 2018
  • Teaching period 4 VE: 05 August 2018
  • Teaching period 6 VE: 07 September 2018.

VE/TAFE Certificates I-IV

VE/TAFE Certificate I-IV students (Fee-Year) payment due date is four days from the date your enrolment is finalised in our enrolment system. Your due date will be shown on your statement of account.

You have 28 days from the start date of your first unit of study (each year) to withdraw or apply for a refund without any financial or academic penalties.

Census dates

Census date is the last day to finalise your enrolment for each relevant study period to:

  • defer the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) (for eligible HE students only) by submitting a Request for SA-HELP loan & providing your Tax File Number. You will be required to apply for SA-HELP once per course.
  • submit a Request for Commonwealth assistance form (to access a Commonwealth Supported Place or HELP loan) and provide your Tax File Number (TFN), if eligible, if you have not already done so to defer your tuition fees
  • withdraw from units
  • apply for intermission
  • discontinue from the course
  • add units with College approval.

Note: If you don't wish to defer your fees, you need to pay your fees by the due date.

Higher Education (HE) census dates

  • Semester 3: 15 January 2018 (Summer school 2017/2018)
  • Semester 1: 23 March 2018
  • Semester 4: 15 June 2018 (Winter school)
  • Semester 2: 17 August 2018
  • Semester 3: 16 January 2019 (Summer school 2018/2019).

First Year Model Higher Education (HE) census dates

  • Semester 1- Block 1: 5 March 2018
  • Semester 1- Block 2: 2 April 2018
  • Semester 1- Block 3: 7 May 2018
  • Semester 1- Block 4: 4 June 2018
  • Winter Block: 2 July 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 1: 30 July 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 2: 27 August 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 3: 24 September 2018
  • Semester 2 - Block 4: 29 October 2018
  • Summer Block: 21 January 2019.

HE census dates (Sydney)

  • Trimester 1: 20 April 2018
  • Trimester 2: 17 August 2018
  • Trimester 3: 14 December 2018.

Melbourne Trimester

Melbourne Trimesters are offered in 2018 to postgraduate students from the College of Business. Other Melbourne university students study within the standard Higher Education or First Year Model semesters (above).

  • Trimester 1: 30 March 2018
  • Trimester 2: 10 August 2018
  • Trimester 3: 30 November 2018.

Note: Census dates correct at time of publication. If a census date falls on a weekend or public holiday you must ensure that you have finalised your enrolment and fees no later than the last working day before the census date. A late payment fee may be applied to your account if you fail to pay on time by the payment due date. Your enrolment may also be impacted. Please check fees for more information.

VET Diploma, Advanced Diploma & Graduate Certificate students census dates

2017 VE/TAFE census dates*

  • Teaching period 1 VE: 31 March 2017
  • Teaching period 5 VE: 30 June 2017
  • Teaching period 2 VE: 31 August 2017
  • Teaching period 4 VE: 15 December 2017
  • Teaching period 6 VE: 16 December 2017

2018 VE/TAFE census dates*

  • Teaching period 1 VE: 30 March 2018
  • Teaching period 3 VE: 25 May 2018
  • Teaching period 5 VE: 29 June 2018
  • Teaching period 2 VE: 31 August 2018
  • Teaching period 4 VE: 26 October 2018
  • Teaching period 6 VE: 14 December 2018

*Please note: VE/TAFE census dates do not apply to Certificate I-IV students.

Post census enrolment amendment

If you withdraw from a unit after the census date, you will:

  • be liable to pay for any units you were enrolled in and receive a withdrawal
  • incur a HELP debt and lose any up-front payment you made (if you are using VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans your limit will be reduced).

You may apply for remission of debt if special circumstances apply.

HE administrative census (for timely amendments)

If you are enrolled in the standard semesters or trimesters you may add units to your enrolment until the end of the second week of semester.

If you are enrolled in a block unit(s), the administrative census date is on the Friday of the first week of each block.

Friday of week 2 of semester (1 and 2 only) is the administrative census date for timely amendments (last day to add units). Students who enrolled online will be able to add units until 11:59pm (23:59) on Friday.

After this time, the system will close for additions. A unit of study amendment form will need to be completed if you require an amendment to your enrolment, and must be approved by your Course & Unit Administrator (CUA).

You may incur a penalty of $155 for failure to meet any published deadline (including but not limited to application for admission, unit enrolment and withdrawal). The general late fee may also be applied for failure to comply with legitimate requests.

You will still be able to withdraw from your units or course until census. After census date, you can still withdraw from your course or unit of study, or apply for intermission until the end of SWOTVAC, but you will remain liable for the fees or incur a HELP loan.

If you withdraw during the exam period, you will receive fail grades and remain liable for the fees or incur a HELP loan.

Providing your Australian Tax File Number (TFN)

HE Students TFN submission

You must submit your TFN to VU either via:

  • your online enrolment or
  • by filling out a ‘Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form’ available at your nearest VUHQ.

VE/TAFE Diploma, Advanced Diploma & Graduate Certificate students TFN submission

To access the VET Student Loan, you must:

  • ensure that your personal email address is updated
  • have your eligibility assessed by Victoria University before census date
  • complete the electronic Commonwealth assistance form - eCAF- (if eligible) that will be sent to your personal email address by the relevant census date.

If you don't have a TFN

If you don’t have a TFN and want to defer your fees, you must:

  • apply for a TFN through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or Post Office prior to your first census date
  • submit the Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP (if you haven’t already done so)
  • provide Victoria University with your ATO application summary (if enrolled in HE) or attach the document to the electronic Commonwealth assistance form (eCAF*) (if enrolled in Diploma and above)
  • submit your TFN to Victoria University within 21 days of receiving it.

Please note: Your TFN cannot be submitted via email or fax.

TFN requirements for your HELP loan

If you are deferring your fees to a HELP loan, you must meet the Tax File Number requirements.

To meet these requirements, you must be able to provide Victoria University with a valid TFN. Your details must match those held by the ATO for the TFN you provide, e.g. your first, middle and last names, as well as the TFN.

If your TFN does not match to the details held by the ATO, you will not be eligible for a HELP loan.

*eCAF is the online system for eligible students to request a VET student loan.

For more information, please refer to Study Assist.

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